Moalboal Island Hopping (Travel Guide)

Moalboal is a small town with very beautiful, quiet beaches with clear and blue water. There are many things to do in Moalboal and our favorite one was Moalboal Island hopping and Kawasan Falls.

Moalboal is just a 3-hour bus ride from the main city in Cebu. Read here 2 Days Moalboal itinerary and 5 Days Cebu itinerary!

Read here how to get to Moalboal and where to stay in Moalboal!

Read here best beach in Moalboal and best beaches in Cebu!

WEATHER: BEST TIME TO VISIT MOALBOAL

Moalboal is the perfect destination to visit when you want to bask in the sun and enjoy crystal clear waters. Needless to say, rainy days are just no good in this tropical paradise. Luckily, Cebu only has 2 seasons – sunny and rainy – and sunshine tramps rain most days of the year. May to October are the sunniest months but even during the rainy season, you can only expect occasional rains. Rain usually lands on Moalboal from June to December, but Cebu isn’t often visited by thunderstorms so there’s really no need to worry. The wet season gets as cold as 18 °C, which is not bad for a tropical island that reaches 36 °C on its hottest days.

Just make sure to plan your trip around the country’s current weather for a smooth, hassle-free vacation. Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen no matter what time of year you visit. Click here to know more about the weather!

DAILY BUDGET IN MOALBOAL

There are plenty of rooms and B&Bs, Airbnb available all over Moalboal that cost around 1000 PHP per night. That’s just $19 USD! This price is pretty cheap compared to other hotels and is perfect for those backpacking Moalboal. On the other hand, meals in local joints only cost $2-3 USD so eating here won’t burn a hole in your wallet, for sure. If you are interested in taking tours around Moalboal, you can get $20 USD per person. You might actually  $25 USD per day if you’re traveling as a couple, like we were splitting costs in tours and the room. Finally, you can rent a motorbike for around $8-10 USD. A cheaper option to get around is riding the local bus with rates depending on the distance.

If you want to sign up for Airbnb, we give you $30 USD credit with your first booking!

Read more about all the places to stay in Moalboal and book your staying with Booking and Agoda!

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Moalboal Island Hopping

Moalboal Island hopping tour is one of our favorite in the Philippines. El Nido and Coron have amazing places for island hopping. But we loved it in Moalboal that you can see turtles and also sardines. Apart from snorkeling in Pescador Island was great so much marine life. You can also include Basdaku Beach if you want to relax in white sand beach in the middle of your Moalboal island hopping. 

If you are staying around Panagsama Beach you can relax in the beach after the island hopping in Moalboal. Or just go around to visit Lambug Beach if you love beaches. And if you like adventure you can combine Moalboal island hopping with Canyoneering in Kawasan Falls. Or just an amazing afternoon at Kawasan Falls can be possible if you don’t join to a Canyoneering tour.

PESCADOR ISLAND

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You can do snorkeling in this Pescador island. The private tours start early morning so you should wake up really early if you want to catch up. We were supposed to see dolphins at that time but unluckily, we didn’t see them. We were feeling so sorry as our little one, Han, was super excited about this. We woke up at 5 AM but we weren´t lucky that time. Hopefully on our next trip! Expect to pay $15-20 USD for joining a tour in Pescador Island. It will depend the price of the people joining.

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We did snorkeling in Pescador Island and it was a great one. We could spot colorful fishes and corals. The water was so clear and we had enough time for snorkeling and also to fly the drone.

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Turtle Spot

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You can also do snorkeling in the turtle spot where you will have possibilities to watch a few turtles close to Panagsama Beach is a great point to spot them. Please be respectful and don’t touch them.

Click here to book a snorkeling tour in Pescador Island with Klook!

Sardine Run in Moalboal

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The tour was great and we did snorkeling 3 times! During the first one, you will see a lot of fishes and coral. With the second one, we saw giant turtles. On the last one, you will swim with the sardines and it was so impressive!

It was amazing doing snorkeling with the sardines. It’s called Sardine run and it was our favorite part in the tour. 

They will provide snorkeling gear which is included in the price, plus they will also guide you to the turtles. As always, quality and prices really go hand in hand with tours in the Philippines.

Anyway if you can bring your snorkeling gear always will be great. Especially in Moalboal where you can do snorkeling close to the seashore and spot turtles and colorful fishes. 

Read here the best places for diving in the Philippines!

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KAWASAN FALLS

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We already wrote a full blog post about how to get to Kawasan Falls. Just rent a motorcycle or go there by bus. You can´t miss Kawasan Falls when visiting Moalboal. If you like adventure, you can also do canyoneering which you will absolutely love!

You can combine Pescador Island Hopping with Canyoneering in Kawasan Falls. Or if you have time you can go on your own after snorkeling and visiting Pescador Island. Kawasan Falls can take up to two hours to explore the three levels of waterfalls and spending a few minutes swimming and taking pictures.

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BASDAKU BEACH IN MOALBOAL

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A few tours will include after Pescador Island, snorkeling with the sardines and the turtle spot the visit to Badasku Beach where you can relax. There are a lot of people here and you can do fun activities like swimming, fishing, eating and cooking your own local food, camping, diving, and of course, sunbathing in this one-kilometer long stretch of white sand beach!

WHERE TO STAY IN MOALBOAL

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We stayed at Pescadores Sea View Resort, and we recommend our stay 100%. The staff is super friendly and here you can enjoy a delicious local breakfast. There are board games and a pool table available in the reception area.

If you want to do activities like snorkeling and kayaking, they will provide the gear for FREE if you are a guest. The beach is really nice for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking. You can even see turtles not so far from the seashore. Not to mention that taking pictures here or flying a drone were really awesome because of the stunning views. And the sunset, who doesn´t like to enjoy a magical sunset after an amazing day swimming and kayaking?

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QUO VADIS DIVE RESORT

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Quo Vadis Dive Resort is in front of Panagsama Beach and is it 1.9 mi away from the town of Moalboal. It is one of the top rated location is Moalboal. It offers a free airport shuttle, swimming pool, it also has free WiFi, and also offers free breakfast. You can choose from 6 room categories. Room rates for $43 up to $150.

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WHERE TO STAY IN MOALBOAL ON A BUDGET

MOALBOAL HOSTEL

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MoHo offers accommodation in Moalboal and it is 39 mi away from Tagbiliran Airport. The place offers free WiFi, airport shuttle, free parking and certain units has its own seating area. They offer dormitory rooms for as low as $5 to $10. The $10 dorm room has its own aircon.

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JJ’S PLACE

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JJ’s Place is 5 minutes walk from Panagsama Beach. And it is also walking distance to bar and restaurants. The place has a free WiFi, airport shuttle, has a bar, and also offer a wonderful breakfast. You can choose from 4 rooms categories. Room rates starts to $5 for their dorm room and $12 for their Budget double room and Deluxe Room.

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If you want to sign up for Airbnb, we give you $30 USD credit with your first booking!

Read more about all the places to stay in Moalboal and book your staying with Booking and Agoda!

Click here if you want to get your discount booking activities in Cebu with Klook!

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Hope you liked our Moalboal Island hopping travel guide. There are so beautiful spots for snorkeling and you can combine with the amazing Kawasan Falls. Let us know in the comments below if you have questions.

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. He believes in travel without money. Recently, he finished a bicycle trip, 9500 km, from Madrid to North Cape.

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